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From The CriticsThis episodic novel is a wonderful addition to the small number of children's books about Latino characters. Eleven-year-old Arturo lives in the barrio of East Los Angeles, having moved with his family from Mexico several years earlier. Although theirs is a poor and sometimes dangerous neighborhood, Arturo, his family and his friends resolve to make it a better place to live—and succeed. Humor and warmth fill the text, which weaves in Spanish words defined in a glossary.